Titans halfback Albert Kelly has been in great form for his team at the start of this season.
Titans halfback Albert Kelly has been in great form for his team at the start of this season. GETTY IMAGES

Kelly eyes more tries as Titans look to step it up

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gold Coast Titans halfback Albert Kelly puts it down to luck and being in the right place at the right time, but his uncanny ability to score long-range tries is unmatched in the NRL.

Amazingly, 10 of Kelly's 17 tries in 38 career games have started inside his own half.

"I don't know, you can call it luck, but I tend to read football pretty well and I turn up at the right spot at the right time which is a bonus," Kelly told APN.

Luck has very little to do with it, just ask anyone who has watched Kelly's progress since the Titans gave him his big break last season.

His ability to score from anywhere on the field is something NSW selectors would be wise to take note of and something the Titans believe can carry them to the finals and beyond in 2014.

Kelly said he and his teammates had been "down in the dumps" all last week after their poor round two effort against the Wests Tigers in front of their home fans.

"We were all gutted and disappointed at how we turned up for our first home game," he said.

"We train to be one of the best defensive teams in the comp. To turn things around and tackle ourselves to a win against Canberra was a credit to the guys, and what we're looking for every week."

Kelly warned the Titans would have to take it up another notch or two against the Cowboys who will be hurting after dropping their first home game to the Warriors since 2002 in Townsville on Saturday night. "Whenever you come up against JT (Johnathan Thurston) you have to be on your game because you never know what he is doing," Kelly said.

"They've got the grunt up front with (James) Tamou and (Matt) Scott so we've got a big task on our hands with those guys."

The former Cronulla utility said he wasn't thinking about speculation he could be an Origin bolter after his great start to the season.

"I'd love to have a crack at Origin at some stage, but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself," Kelly, who hails from Greg Inglis country near Kempsey, said.

Titans coach John Cartwright, meanwhile, has named Anthony Don to play on the wing against the Cowboys on Monday night, with David Mead taking over at fullback for William Zillman who has a hamstring problem.


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